I am a Resource Specialist Teacher versed in working with all learning styles. I regularly attend professional development seminars, faculty meetings and parent-teacher conferences to remain connected to the needs of children and their parents.
Region 8 Director for CARS+ (California Association of Resource Specialists and Special Educators) from 2007-2010. Coordinated membership for six counties, gave inservices and talks across the region on a variety of topics current to special education, kept membership abreast of current issues statewide in our field, answered members questions about the law and other issues in special education, wrote articles for the CARS+ quarterly newsletter.
Co-Presenter on CMA (California Modified Assessment) at CARS+ Convention, February 2011 and at Special Education staff meetings for San Luis Coastal Unified School District.
President of Central Coast CARS+ local chapter from 2002-2007. Supported local special educators issues and questions.
Speaker on a variety of subjects related to special education to graduate students in the School of Education at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Conduct small group and individual classroom activities with students based on differentiated learning needs.Establish and communicate clear objectives for all lessons, units and projects based upon students IEP goals and grade level standards. Trained in District adopted programs such as Comprehensive Literacy, Writer's Workshop and LLI (Leveled Literacy Intervention) and use these programs in the Resource Room with accommodations. Support RtI Model by teaching general education students who need Tier III intervention. Develop individual educational plans (IEP) designed to promote educational, physical and social development.for incoming as well as students already on my caseload. Evaluate, write and present documents for Individual Education Plan conferences. Supervise and train teaching assistants.
Created, coordinated and implemented a program for gifted and talented students, fourth through eighth grades.
In addition to the regular responsibilities of the Resource Specialist teacher, I piloted, coordinated and implemented the Collaboration/Consultation model in kindergarten through eighth grade classrooms.
Provided one-on-one educational therapy and tutoring for children with learning difficulties. Created, planned and implemented individualized curriculum based on each child's needs. Worked closely with classroom teachers, parents and other educational professionals.
Team taught mainstream special needs students in a general classroom setting. Coordinated 'Math Their Way' curriculum and special events for kindergarten and first grade students.
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